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Sunday 01.30.11

2011 Curatorial Roundup

Now that we have put a little critical distance between 2010 and started 2011 it's time for PORT's curatorial roundup. It's been a few years since we have done this so we are due again. Check out 2008 and 2007 as well.

Participating curators: Mack McFarland, Terri Hopkins, Stephanie Snyder, Blake Shell, Victor Maldanado, Kristan Kennedy, Kelly Rauer, myself, Namita Wiggers, Elizabeth Lamb and Linda Tesner... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 30, 2011 at 21:54 | Comments (7)


Saturday 01.29.11

art schooled

Laylah Ali

PSU et al present Laylah Ali for the PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series (PMMNLS). "Laylah Ali has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; ICA, Boston; MCA Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and MASS MoCA, among others. Her work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (2004)."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • January 31
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex • 1914 SW Park Ave, Room 198

Eslpeth Pratt

Reed's Cooley Gallery presents Nonetheless by Elspeth Pratt. This is the first U.S. solo show by this renowned Vancouver, B.C. artist. "Pratt's sculptural works use common building or household materials to engage complex ideas of architecture and social space. Her materials question ideas of value and permanence associated with sculpture, while her subject matter negotiates the line between abstraction and representation." The exhibition runs from February 1 - March 6, 2011.

Artist lecture • 6pm • February 1 • Eliot 314
Opening reception after the lecture in the gallery
Cooley Gallery @ Reed College • 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd • Hauser Memorial Library

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 29, 2011 at 8:38 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 01.26.11

Art in the Garden: Katsura Imperial Villa

Ishimoto Yasuhiro

The Japanese Garden presents Katsura Imperial Villa: The Photographs of Ishimoto Yasuhiro. Photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro "attempts to liberate tradition through a contemporary point of view" by photographing the Katsura Imperial Villa, a 17th century masterpiece of traditional Japanese architecture. On view in the Garden Pavilion.

Exhibition • January 28 - February 20, 2011
Portland Japanese Garden • 611 SW Kingston

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 26, 2011 at 21:44 | Comments (0)


thought maps

Jamie Marie Waelchli, "Thought Map No. 8"

False Front presents Jamie Marie Waelchli's Thought Maps, "a continuing series of psychoanalytic installations. Using strategically positioned illumination, Waelchli directs the viewers eye through layered sheets of vellum textured with self-examining stream of consciousness writing, diagrams and drawings. Designating these works as 'maps,' she encourages the viewer to navigate, unconditionally, the artist's notion of continuous introspection-stimulus for both development and reversion of the creative process."

Opening reception • 7-10pm • January 28
Closing brunch / workshop / lecture • 12-3pm • February 20
False Front • 4518 NE 32nd Ave • 503.781.4609

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 26, 2011 at 9:43 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 01.25.11

more lectures

Catherine Opie, "Jenny (Bed)"

In conjunction with her ongoing exhibition Girlfriends (through February 6), PAM presents a lecture by Catherine Opie exploring her recent works.

Artist lecture • 6-7pm • January 27 • free
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Project H

As part of their MFA in Craft & Design program, PNCA & OCAC present a lecture by Emily Pilloton, founder and director of Project H, which "provides a conduit for need-based product design that empowers individuals, communities and economies." These lectures are free and open to the public.

Designer lecture • 6:30-8:30pm • January 27
MFA Studios @ the Bison Building • 421 NE 10th

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 25, 2011 at 8:39 | Comments (0)


Monday 01.24.11

PAM announces CNAA 2011 finalists

Since there is another cut to be made I won't discuss this much other than there are no big surprises here with the potential for a solid show with lots of opportunities for Northwest stereotypes. The real test will be if this manifests as a truly world class showcase for talent in the region (by not involving Vancouver BC it seems a bit unambitious though). Here's their press release:

The list after the jump ...(more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 24, 2011 at 16:04 | Comments (0)


craft / painting

Ronna Neuenschwander, "Queen Semiramis' War Elephant," 1982

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Era Messages. The museum invited artist and writer Garth Johnson to select works from the 1960s to 1980s that "exemplify particular moments in the history of craft." In conjunction with the exhibition, he'll be spending January 27th & 28th in residence to discuss the works he included in the context of the museum's collection.

Exhibition • January 27 - July 9, 2011
Craft perspectives lecture • 2-3pm • January 29
Museum of Contemporary Craft • 724 NW Davis • 503.223.2654

Henk Pander, "The Father," 1995

The Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University presents a Henk Pander retrospective, Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life, featuring paintings and watercolors created over the last 50 years. Pander was born in Holland and moved to Portland in the 1960s.

Exhibition • January 29 - March 27, 2011
Hallie Ford Museum • 700 State St., Salem, OR • 503.370.6855

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 24, 2011 at 9:46 | Comments (0)


Friday 01.21.11

"Between My Head and My Hand There is Always the Face of Death"

"To Conjure You Up and Make You Fade" 2009, Kaye Donachie

"Between My Head and My Hand There is Always the Face of Death" is the title of Kristan Kennedy's latest curatorial foray at PNCA's Feldman Gallery. An appropriated quote from the late artist Francis Picabia, the quote hints at the existential nature of the exhibition, encompassed by the continuation of the unbelievably long and rich history of figurative painting. This history, exhausted and revived interminably, mimics. . .(more)

Posted by Amy Bernstein on January 21, 2011 at 5:46 | Comments (1)


Thursday 01.20.11


Machine Project, "Tranimal"

Next week's PMMNLS: Mark Allen of Machine Project, an LA-based arts not for profit arts organization "dedicated to making specialized knowledge and technology accessible to artists and the general public."

Artist lecture • 7:30pm • January 24
PSU • Shattuck Hall Annex • 1914 SW Park Ave, Room 198

James Lavadour, "Star House"

Clark College's art talks continue next week with James Lavadour, a renowned Northwest painter whose "rich and complex paintings of the Oregon landscape combine loose, gestural strokes with bold colors and slashes of energy, exuding primal vigor and spiritual power."

Artist lecture • 7pm • January 25
Clark College • 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver WA • PUB 161 Fireside Lounge

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 20, 2011 at 21:42 | Comments (0)


Ditch Freeze 2011

From "A Given Distance"

Ditch Projects presents two new installations to kick off Ditch Freeze 2011, their "annual wintry mix of installation and performance." A Given Distance will be in the main gallery space: "With explosive growth in connectivity comes a widening zone of mediation, in which a thing can be expected to shift radically between origin and apprehension. For A Given Distance, artists from Portland, Seattle, and Philadelphia explore this expanded field via technology and optical play, with work that populates modes of dissemination, stretches across lines of sight, or drifts unmoored between origins and point of impact." Featured artists include: Chase Biado, Maggie Casey, Travis Fitzgerald, Derek Frech, Joseph Lacina, Joshua Pavlacky, Zach Rose, Daniel Wallace, and Benjamin Young.

In the Project Room, Aileen Tolentino presents Balance/Timbang, "the cyclical condition of excitation and rest, disorder and stability, and reorganization and destruction. Through the use of paintings and assemblage, Tolentino solidifies a sense of harmonic chaos into object and atmosphere, establishing a visual resolution between the contradictory forces of unbalance and equilibrium."

Opening reception(s) • 7-10pm • January 22
Ditch Projects • 303 S 5th Ave #190 • Springfield, OR

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 20, 2011 at 8:44 | Comments (0)


Wednesday 01.19.11

Judd Conference still making waves

The Judd Conference in Portland from last April is still making waves and The Art Newspaper has a brief article about the importance of Portland's kick off and the next two installments.

Judd Art ©Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, NYC.

By putting on the conference and exhibition I felt we foregrounded the issue of integrity in a way which has been in atrophy around Judd's work for quite some time. In fact, the issue of integrity of display of any artist's work has become muted in the last 30 years with the increased focus on blockbusters. Perhaps no artist before or since was as specific as Judd was about what does and does not constitute proper presentation... and I hope this helps bring the word back into the contemporary art vernacular. (you can pick up catalogs for the exhibition at The White Box Gallery and Monograph Bookwerks).

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 19, 2011 at 13:00 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 01.18.11

Art Spark Event Fair


Portland Art Spark presents their first event fair featuring 12 arts organizations and the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) talking about the role they play in the community.

Art conversation • 5-7pm • January 20
Art Spark @ The ArtBar • 1111 SW Broadway

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 18, 2011 at 18:33 | Comments (0)


New Gallery: Black Box

Longtime Portland art scenester Todd Johnson is launching his new photographic gallery Black Box, adding something new to the Lower Burnside enclave across from the Doug Fir.


Johnson has been one of Portland's most talented independent curators (he may possess the scene's dryest and darkest wit) and as a photographer himself has shown... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 18, 2011 at 15:56 | Comments (0)


Monday 01.17.11

Kengo Kuma to design expansion of Portland's Japanese Garden

Kengo Kuma's very preliminary design proposal for Portland's Japanese Garden (area before entering the garden)

After a two year search the Portland Japanese Garden has announced the selection of Kengo Kuma to lead the Garden’s future expansion project. This is just the latest in a series of major game changing architectural commissions starting with Brad Cloepfil's W+K HQ, The Portland Aerial Tram and most recently Charles Rose's new buildings for OCAC. Still, this is something different. Rather than an up and comer Kuma is a major name talent and already considered by many one of the world's very best architects. I particularly like his Chokkura Plaza and Great (Bamboo) Wall House. Perhaps more than any architect alive today he is sensitive to local materials and nature so he is an... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 17, 2011 at 13:55 | Comments (2)


Friday 01.14.11


From left to right: Joshua Berger "Terror" & "To Give the Unspeakable a Recognizable Space" by Rhoda London. Photo: Palma Corral, Location: Place

Settlement presents Settling In, an opening reception for the four galleries (independently curated) on the top floor of Pioneer Place mall. Place presents new and developing work by Emily Nachison, Juleen Johnson, Rhoda London, Josh Berger, TJ Norris, Vanessa Calvert, and Dustin Zemmel. People's featured artist of the month is Gary Houston. Store presents VERSUS: fold/open/cool/warm, a collaboration by Nico Sea & Zachary. And Trade w/ The Aspens Project presents I Knew You Pt. 1 (Dear James), an evolving interactive installation by Wynde Dyer.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 15
Settlement • 700 SW 5th • 3rd floor Pioneer Place Mall

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 14, 2011 at 17:01 | Comments (0)


more artist opportunities

Creative Capital's next grant round opens on February 1. Applications are open for film/video and visual arts: "Applying artists should be prepared to describe how a grant would be a catalyst for artistic and professional growth at this time, the influences that inform their work, and how their work takes an inventive and original approach to form and content." Grant guidelines can be found on their website.

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is seeking submissions for their juried exhibit, The Language of Sculpture. Sculptors may submit up to three pieces for consideration by February 4. Details and the prospectus can be found on their website.

Portland Stock is calling for proposals for their first dinner of 2011. Proposals are due January 19 for the January 23rd dinner. Not familiar with the Stock dinners? Read all about them, and the call, on their blog.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 14, 2011 at 16:51 | Comments (0)


Thursday 01.13.11


Left: Yoshihiro Kitai, Right: Kartz Ucci

Organized by the Marylhurst Art Gym in collaboration with four community college galleries, Perimeter: We Live Here Now is an exhibition of the work of eleven artists who were born and raised outside of the United States, all of whom now live and work in Oregon. Sang-ah Choi (Korea), Horatio Law (Hong Kong), Akihiko Miyoshi (Japan), Motoya Nakamura (Japan), and Ying Tan (China) will show at the Art Gym; Yoshihiro Kitai (Japan) and Kartz Ucci (Canada) will show at Archer Gallery; Yuji Hiratsuka, Figures: Dialogue/Monologue will show at PCC Cascade; Una Kim (Korea) and Petra Sairanen (Lapland) will show at PCC Rock Creek Helzer Gallery; Baba Wagué Diakité (Mali) will will show at PCC Sylvania Northview Gallery.

Specific show dates vary between venues. The show is currently on view everywhere but PCC Cascade, and Archer Gallery is hosting a reception this weekend, 01-15-11 6-8pm, in Vancouver, WA. There will also be artist talks at the Art Gym on January 27 & March 6. See links for details.

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 13, 2011 at 12:10 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 01.11.11

PAM artist talks

Philip Guston, "Untitled (1969)"

PAM's monthly artist talks continue this week with Jessica Jackson Hutchins, who will discuss Philip Guston's Untitled (1969). Attendees meet in the Hoffman Lobby to be taken on a tour/discussion by the lecturing artist, then return to the lobby for happy hour.

Artist talk • 6-8pm • January 13
Portland Art Museum • 1219 SW Park • 503.226.2811

Upcoming artist talks (get tickets early, many sell out):

Kristan Kennedy from PICA (February 10)
Namita Wiggers from MoCC (March 10)
Jelly Helm, designer (April 14)
Brian Libby, arts writer & photographer (May 12)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 11, 2011 at 12:02 | Comments (0)


Monday 01.10.11

Broad isn't the issue

The New Broad Museum design by DS+R

So there has been a lot of discussion of Eli Broad's new Contemporary Museum designs by Diller Scoffidio + Renfro. Honestly, I can't see what all the fuss is about... it looks good. All the dithering seems to be over the fact that... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 10, 2011 at 10:43 | Comments (3)


Friday 01.07.11

First Weekend Picks January 2011

Sorry about the late posting tonight. Hopefully if you missed tonight's openings you'll check out the shows this month.

Delaney Allen

Nationale presents Delaney Allen's In Visibility. "In the vein of early pictorialists, Allen obscures the archetype of photography as documentation through the synthesis of abstract and found imagery." The show runs through January 30th.

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 7
Artist talk • 7pm • January 26
Nationale • 811 E Burnside Suite 112 • 503.477.9786

(More: Tedd Nash Pomaski at Golden Rule, Safety in Numbers? Images of African American Identity and Community opens at PAM, Vance Feldman at The Globe.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 07, 2011 at 20:53 | Comments (0)


Thursday 01.06.11

DE May's The Template Files at PDX

Art of any genre's greatest strength and weakness is its ability to nearly become something, without actually being forced to commit to fully becoming that thing. Think of it as a butterfly just as it breaks free of the chrysalis... not a moment before or after. It is a delicate moment between entropy and becoming something new through accretion and artists like Richard Tuttle and Jackson Pollock are masters of it.

Untitled (exterior storage) [photo jeff jahn)

Similarly, as one of the most adept artists on the west coast DE May's work traffics in the concentrated residue of planning in contemplation... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 06, 2011 at 15:46 | Comments (0)


Jeffrey Thomas named MoCC's acting director

PNCA/MoCC announced today that my longtime friend Jeffrey Thomas will be the new Acting Director of the rebounding Museum of Contemporary Craft. It is a 6 month appointment, which can be renewed.


What about Jeff? As Tom Cramer once so succinctly put it, "He's a genius level level marketer." He's also a former Soho gallerist (he was the Thomas of the Jamison/Thomas gallery) and his mother was part of Warhol's factory scene. Thomas is also very opinionated with a sharp eye for detail... (more)

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 06, 2011 at 12:55 | Comments (1)


Wednesday 01.05.11

PORT's 2010 readers poll awards

Time for the results of PORT's annual readers poll (aka the popularity contest).

Storm Tharp (photo Marne Lucas)

Ai Weiwei's Dropping the Urn at the Museum of Contemporary Craft


Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 05, 2011 at 17:40 | Comments (0)


new year, more opportunities

23 Sandy Gallery is seeking submissions for Photo Alchemy, a juried exhibition of "contemporary alternative process photography." Possible media and techniques include, but are not limited to, photograms, tintypes, daguerreotypes, carbon dichromates, gum bichromates, emulsion on metals, cyanotypes, collodian prints, and Polaroids. No digital or ink jet prints. Submissions are due by February 22. Get more details on the 23 Sandy website.

(More: Recycled art, art educating, bSIDE6 February.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 05, 2011 at 16:57 | Comments (0)


Tuesday 01.04.11

First Thursday Picks January 2011

Hap Tivey, "Folded Light," installation view

Elizabeth Leach Gallery is beginning their 30th year anniversary programming with Folded Light, a site-specific installation of projected light by Hap Tivey. The installation "is pure, minimal abstraction, utilizing aspects of sculpture and painting...It is an experiential piece, as the projected color changes slowly and imperceptibly, causing the observer to sometimes second-guess their own perception of the space around them."

Opening reception • 6-9pm • January 6
Elizabeth Leach Gallery • 417 NW 9th • 503.224.0521

(More: Scott Johnson at Chambers@916, young Northwest artists at Laura Russo, Shai Kremer & Natan Dvir at Blue Sky, and Laura Mackin at Half/Dozen.)

Posted by Megan Driscoll on January 04, 2011 at 13:38 | Comments (0)


Monday 01.03.11

Monday links

Roberta Smith seems to think that MoMA has been revitalized. She has a point but MoMA's atrium space isn't quite as attention getting as the Tate's Turbine Hall and more importantly MoMA hasn't been setting the bar in curatorial excellence and prescience as of late.

Tomorrow at midnight is your last chance to vote on our annual reader's poll. Currently it's a shootout between Bruce Guenther and Patrick Rock for MVP. Frankly its an absurd contest, anyone in their right mind would have to hand it to Guenther for show quality but the simple fact that Patrick opens his own home to do always interesting/challenging shows that we would never see at PAM gives him the underdog's edge. For the most overshown artist it's a near dead heat between Calvin Ross Carl and OPS. Storm Tharp is also a clear favorite in every category he appears in so far.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 03, 2011 at 14:07 | Comments (5)


Saturday 01.01.11

Time to Vote: Portland Art Scene 2010 Readers Poll

2010 is done, time for PORT's readers to evaluate with our annual popularity contest. Just click on the full version of this post to take it.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on January 01, 2011 at 13:39 | Comments (0)

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